Podiatry specialises in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of disorders of the foot and the lower limb. Podiatrists offer a professional diagnosis and suggest and provide treatment.
Abnormal foot mechanics are a major contributing factor to a large number of lower limb conditions.
Podiatry involves assessing the biomechanics of the lower limb function and foot misalignment. Symptoms such as knee pain, shin soreness, heel pain, lower back pain, Achilles tendonitis and foot and leg fatigue may be the result of faulty foot mechanics.
Other conditions treated with Podiatry include:
Below is a summary of the podiatry services offered at Urban Bodyworx.
Video Gait Analysis: An individual’s gait (walking pattern) is observed both visually and recorded digitally. Here deviations from the accepted ideal normal gait cycle are recorded and used to guide orthotic parameters for accurate correction.
Paromed Optical Scanner: The ParoScan 3Ds for plantar foot scanning is the leading system in terms of measurement accuracy and efficiency. Each foot is scanned – under no load, partial load or full load. The clinical photo of the foot is recorded at the same time. On the screen, the data may be displayed in digital form or as an actual foot view. Palpitation points are easy to mark and quick to identify on the clinical image of the foot.
Paromed Orthotics: Paromed allows the podiatrist to choose from an extensive library of EVA (orthotic material), with varying combinations of softness and firmness so that your foot gets the perfect fit in comfort and control! Your Orthotics are milled buy a revolutionary Milling machine that is able to Mill both sides of your orthotic so you get the exact fit to your foot and your shoe.
Paromed S-Plate: Paromed S-Plate pressure measurement is a diagnostic tool used to clinically measure the ground reaction forces both in static stance and whilst walking. Data collected from this process is incorporated into the orthotic modelling.
Doppler Ultrasound/Diabetic Screenings: Doppler Ultrasound is used to assess the elasticity and integrity of the blood vessels in the lower (peripheral) extremities. The system uses high frequency sound to develop a clear assessment of the vascular status of the lower limbs. The system provides a detailed report and graphs that can be used in comparison at 6-12 month reviews. This is offered as part of the treatment for the Enhanced Primary Care patients that have been referred by their GP. All diabetics are advised to utilise the Doppler Ultrasound every 12 months (minimum), more regularly if at high risk or advised by their GP. We deliver all results of a full Neurovascular Screening (for Diabetics and people suffering with Peripheral Vascular Disease or Neurological Disease) to the relevant medical support staff such as the GP, Medical Specialist (such as Endocrinologist, Rheumatologist, Surgeon etc) or allied health practitioner.
Mobilisation/Manipulation: Our feet perform best when the joints are able to move efficiently through their full range of motion. Reduced joint flexibility or stiffness forces surrounding soft tissues (muscles, tendons, ligaments) to work much harder, which can lead to pain. By employing manual “hands on” therapy joint flexibility can be improved, reducing strain on the surrounding soft tissues. This therapy can be used solely to treat pathologies or in conjunction with orthotic therapy.
Nail Surgery: Chronic ingrown toenails can be surgically treated onsite under a local anesthetic as well as appropriate wound dressings, pain management and post-surgical care.
Diabetic Assessment: A comprehensive assessment is undertaken to assess the health of the diabetic foot. Patient history, education, footwear, neurovascular status and general podiatric treatment comprise a full assessment to determine “risk” levels. All results are communicated to relevant medical support staff such as GPs and medical specialists.
Cycling Biomechanics: Our podiatrist, Ben, has a background as an active cyclist, combined with clinical experience. This enables him to better understand and treat the variety of lower limb problems a cyclist can encounter. A major problem is that the average cycling shoe will not accommodate your standard orthotic. Ben, is able to produce an orthotic which not only fits well, but is light and strong enough to absorb the torsion forces created during the up and down stroke without any problems. Not only do the orthotics reduce pain and fatigue, they also improve power output and torque through the foot and pedal.